Three policemen were shot and killed early on Tuesday in Baksan, a small town in Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, news agency Interfax said quoting local law enforcement.
"Gunmen attacked a highway patrol post situated in the Baksan circle and shot dead three members of the police with an automatic weapon," police said.
Two wars in nearby Chechnya since 1994 have impoverished and scarred the North Caucasus, and sporadic armed battle across the region happens almost daily, but attacks in Kabardino-Balkaria are less frequent than other provinces.
In January unidentified gunmen in Kabardino-Balkaria attacked and killed the regional head of a police unit. Another police officer from the same unit was shot dead in May at a car wash.
It is "unclear" if these attacks are linked to a wider low intensity insurgency across the north Caucasus against Russian forces.
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